Details are not yet fully in, but indications are that on June 30, 2017 Charitable Gaming in Minnesota crossed the Rubicon. Reports are that in fiscal year 2017 sales were up 12%, but taxes were up 16%. As a result, more money went to the state than there was for local needs.
Born in 1945 to raise funds for church and community needs by conducting bingo (mostly in church basements and at county fairs) it culminated in 2017 with the strangling of the golden goose.
It was a good run, but at the conclusion of fiscal year 2017 Charitable Gaming paid more in taxes to the state of MN than it had for communities and missions.
The post mortem will continue, but all indications are that there were two contributing factors. The 2012 stadium bill that made millionaire professional football team owners into billionaire professional football team owners at the expense of Minnesota communities and a seemingly insatiable appetite by the state for increased tax revenue at the expense of community based non-profit groups.
Charitable Gaming will now be known as The State of MN Charity. Details are yet to be worked out, but beneficiaries of past charitable donations will need to go to St. Paul to ask for help.
In lieu of flowers relatives ask that you not send any money to the state. A memorial service will be held sometime in the future, details to follow.